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Download The 1.03 Update for God of War: Ascension

To get the 1.03 update, make sure you are connected online when you boot up God of War: Ascension. You will be prompted to download the latest update. This update addresses 2 single-player issues. We are working on further updates to Multiplayer (balance), amongst other feedback we've been reading all over (audio), please stay connected here for the latest or follow us @SonySantaMonica. (God of War: Ascension, PS3)

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Y_5150  +   1056d ago
I'm not downloading this until I finish the story, I like a challenge. Heck I think that trial might not be as hard as people have been saying it was.
Crazyglues  +   1056d ago
Well I know how you feel but I got stuck at chapter 28 and could not pass it no matter what I did...

Part my fault, part the developers fault - you see I was so busy maxing out my blades, I didn't max out some stuff that become more important later in the game... More health, increased damage from that heart thing, more of the blue bars for the special Move... holding down L2 + R2 after a hit

so therefore I kept dying and dying and dying trying to take down those two snakes and the two ladies that hit you with electricity while your fighting the two snake ladies... /so part developers fault for not seeing that people might not have maxed up by the time they get here... and you really need to.

-but whatever after patch, I was able to make it happen, but I don't think it was because of the patch.. -because right after it I was still dying the same way, that red light that freezes you, it was toned down a little but it's still tough..

The real reason I got passed it is I found a new way to hit the floor hard after an air attack... fire blades, jump in air hit L1 + triangle -so that kept me alive long enough to get pass it this morning..

-Back Loving the Game and getting closer to beating it, just in-time for Bioshock Infinite Tuesday.

So I would say go ahead do the update it does not really make it too easy... it's a real light adjustment.. -imo

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Axecution  +   1056d ago
They really should have made this optional with a toggle switch or something
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Blaze929  +   1056d ago
wow, well thanks for letting me know. I was going into this just upgrading my blades. Gonna switch up asap!
nix  +   1056d ago
haha... were you also stuck there? last night i spent like 2 hours on trying to pass that level and then today i got the update... but i did die the same way for like 1 hour but maaaaaaannnnnnn.... i finally did it! it was truly unfair.. though.. tossing out enemies after enemies... i was like "this is not fair!" lol.

after clearing that level, i got even more pissed when i read the trophy i got for that section - "should have taken the stairs".... i was like f*****ing b****ds! anyway... after that stage everything was like walk in the park. phew. nearly broke my controller and my fingers in the process.

i finished the game though inspite of the sound problem.. i don't think the sound was fixed though... i think i just got used to the mellow sound.

good game though.

EDIT: @KwietStorm (below): i feel the same dude... like no matter how many times you hit the enemies you just don't know if it's affecting them or not. i was really pissed off because there was no health bar for the larger enemies or any enemies at all. plus the enemies can always break your combo. that was really pissing off as well. the darn serpent will always wrap you around no matter what you do.. unless you are a mile away.

plus some of the puzzles were just too vague. i just kept chugging things around to see what works... i didn't feel like i was solving a puzzle. i felt like i was just playing a guessing game. the reaction was like "oh ok".

i loved the new mini-games additions though and i loved the location of the button for QTEs.

EDIT 2: ok they fixed it by giving back little bit of health and magic in 3 levels.
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Serjikal_Strike  +   1056d ago
It took me 9 tries on Hard mode to beat, im shocked Adam Sessler couldn't beat it on normal and the IGN guy that reviewed the game said it took him like 6hrs to beat... Thats crazy
It's not hard at all, people should stick to playing angry birds or whatever is easy
brodychet  +   1056d ago
@crazyglues DUDE i'm stuck on the same part RIGHT NOW.
brodychet  +   1056d ago
Best way to win against the snakes, just parry them, and you can use one to stun someone else and destroy them easily. hope this helps!!!
Oh_Yeah  +   1055d ago
Guess I'm lucky the ocd in me made Gow ascension a breeze..I searched every nook for upgrades, and maxed my blades, lighting, and fire before anything else.. they just kicked the most ass.. didn't have a problem on normal at all and it was the first time I really played a gow game.
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DigitalAnalog  +   1055d ago
The "secret", believe it or not doesn't rely on how powerful your blades are but how effective you can use your quest "items". Orkos stone and the TimeSync amulet are the key to balance the challenge. Trust me, I've played this on "Hard" mode.
fallensniper77  +   1055d ago
You just have to find the trick. For me it was to use nothing but the ares fire on the blades and the L3 + R3 constantly since it fills up fast and is extremely powerful.
ArchangelMike  +   1056d ago
The problem I have is that I love the multiplayer, and have spent much more time in the multiplayer than the single player. I can't access the multiplayer without updating :(
FunAndGun  +   1056d ago
That multiplayer is addictive!
Ezz2013  +   1056d ago
i finished it on my 2nd try on normal
it's not hard at all
just use every thing you got and block with L1+X when you can
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ziggurcat  +   1056d ago
got through it on normal on my second attempt as well, but it took me almost 2 hours on hard.

i almost always got ****ed in a loop of lightning attacks as soon as those stupid electric enemies showed up in the first round.
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dp277407  +   1056d ago
Me too but when i played it on hard it took me quite a few times till i beat it a few days ago.
ZoyosJD  +   1056d ago
It depends on the difficultly level, what you have maxed out, and if you have collected all the feathers/eyes.

I platted it pre-patch.

Suggestions to make everything easier:

collect all feathers/eyes.

max out the blades themselves, amulet, secondary body, and soul magic.

Use the ice blades throughout the game (for more red orbs), but don't waste the orbs maxing them. Use the soul blades for the actual trials.
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GraveLord  +   1056d ago
It's bad design. You are forced to fight 3 waves of enemies without any health regeneration. Now, if the whole game was designed like this and I wouldn't complain, but this part of the game is impossible to beat unless you are a God of War Ascension master. It shouldn't take anyone 20 tries to beat just 1 part of the game.

I, like many other people am stuck in this part of the game. It is frustrating and they're lucky I didn't sell this game!
Monolith  +   1056d ago
Wahhhhhh me don't likey hard games.
Glad you didn't play any older gaming generations because there were no patches for games in those days.
TheTwelve  +   1056d ago
I wouldn't call it "bad design".

I will say that I wish the game had trained you a bit more to be ready for such a tough fight.

TheTwelve  +   1056d ago
I'm playing hard mode for the challenge but I confess I'm getting my booty WORKED at that place where you have to kill 3-4 Medusas and then those lightning chicks and then those spear chicks and then that dude with the mallet in between blasts of fire... --- 12
dc1  +   1055d ago
Ha! That kicked my but on normal.
Used the hammer and the Fire/Ares R2 was a key for me knocking thus lightning chicks off the platform.
FACTUAL evidence  +   1056d ago
Wow i just platinumed this last niight! actually 12am. I'm in the platinum club before the update.
dc1  +   1055d ago
Well done man! You have my respect (No joking or Sarcasm)

I running through hard now (Just beat the Normal playthrough a couple of days ago.. I'm sure my PSN plus pushed the update last night.

...I'm not to upset with the draw down of difficulty on the trial... even if you think I'm a second hand GOWA Plat citizen :)

Loved/loving the the game by the way.
Daver  +   1056d ago
I finished it on my 1st time on normal, it was not that bad.
dc1  +   1055d ago
Add me to the list of folks who thought "Ha!... it can't be that bad"

15 deaths,
1 walthough guide
and 1 day later... I finally beat it.

Playing through hard mode now... looking forward to the patch!
majiebeast  +   1056d ago
All the mobs in trials of Archimedes have strategy's when you know those its pretty easy.
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SonyNGP  +   1056d ago
The trial is piss easy if you're playing it while you're high.
DarthBigE  +   1056d ago
It was the hardest part of the game but not so hard for people whine about it. Although, I do think it would be very frustrating on hard or titan mode especially with no health chests in between the battles.
Serjikal_Strike  +   1056d ago
If you know which blades to use and when to use the special powers, its not hard at all even on harder difficulties
KwietStorm  +   1056d ago
Already have the platinum, but my problem wasn't the trial itself, it's the new tweaks they made to the combat. I've asked them for years now to alter the combat system so that it isn't so easy to dominate. In past games, Kratos had priority over everything. Ironically they addressed exactly that, but now the enemies have that same priority. Throughout the entire game, enemies would obviously be losing health from getting hit, but you would never know it from the way they [don't] react. More than half the time you can't even get a combo off without them breaking it, as if you're not even hitting them. I don't know if it's only like this on hard difficulty, since that's all I played, but, it was annoying as hell, and no I don't button mash. They just have the enemies some new level of invincibility that unbalances it. All the Trial of Archimedes did was make it more obvious.
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ZoyosJD  +   1056d ago
Yeah, same here.

Those parts with 6+ goats in a small space...

Best things to do is to keep your distance, keep them all in front of you, use a mix of the hold square attack and combos/kicks afterwards to keep taking their weapons and use the discarding attack with them.
Serjikal_Strike  +   1056d ago
I had a harder time with those goats than I did in the trials, probably because i had a shorter life bar...
yeahokchief  +   1056d ago
already have the platinum. the 4 level elvator sequence was definitely the most challenging, but nowhere close to being as difficult as any of the trial of the gods or previous games on titan mode (gow3 had a trophy that required you to beat it on titan).

i think you're all a bunch of pansies for complaining about this enough for them to change it and you are making it less rewarding for those of us who don't suck.
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DaPrintz  +   1056d ago
Titan was hard mode in GoW3. Chaos mode in 3 is equivalent to Titan in Ascension.
yaz288  +   1056d ago
is this problem on hard or something? I've been really exited to see this difficult level lol and it wasn't that difficult as people have claimed.
GravelerMagnitude9  +   1056d ago
there are 3 items that you will aquire seperate from your weapons and skills and if you use those 3 , it will be easy
Shadowrunner49  +   1056d ago
I am just going to share my thoughts on the trials. I just beat them again probably about 30 mins ago on Titan. It dawned on me though that I wasn't having any fun doing it really. Obviously with enough persistence you can get through it eventually. What matters in the end though is the fun you're having while doing it. To be honest the rise in difficulty for the Trials was quite jarring at first. The game is a complete and total breeze, and then all of a sudden it takes me 9 times to pass this part. The trials balance is totally out of whack. I think it speaks more to the combat system though. I feel like all of its flaws show out more than ever in this fight. Inconsistent counter system, enemies that hardly stun at all, the need to spam magic/items, focusing on tactics like ringing out instead of beating an enemy to death, and etc. Usually when it comes to difficult parts in games I want no part of a patch. I can totally see why they did it though.
DaPrintz  +   1056d ago
It's not easy on hard mode, but its not terrible either. Wave 1 is obviously the worst. For those interested I'll tell you how I passed it.
At the start of the fight move to the top near the fire to spawn the 2 nagas in the fire. Use uroborus stone to stop one and attack the other with the orkos stone. Hopefully you have your blades and Ares magic maxed. Use Ares magic at least once on each snake cuz you'll get it back on execution. Once the electric bitches comes, try to get all enemies to one side of the arena. Ares magic can knock those bitches out of the arena. If you can out last this wave, you're good to go.
The next wave hold the block lol. Every attack is blockable. Even the Statue guy can be blocked. Try to use your stones when you can and any magic if you have any. Ares magic can knock the spear bitches off the arena as well, but you may not want to considering you get some health from them.
The centaur at the start of the next wave is really the last test. Hit him with your stones and just stay away from him. Finish him to get the health then just block again. The last guys can't hurt you if you don't get greedy and just block and use your stones.
I hope this helps at least someone. It's better then calling you a pussy or a loser if you find this chapter difficult.
Shadowrunner49  +   1056d ago
I agree calling someone names because they're struggling with something is pretty childish. Gamers game at all kinds of different levels. No need to be antagonistic or cold to people.
ZoyosJD  +   1056d ago
I highly suggest soul magic over fire. The R2 attack is just as effective in knocking them over, and lasts longer. You can also recover some health from killing the enemies like harpies with those blades.

The ice magic is a waste, and lightning left you too vulnerable.
TheTwelve  +   1056d ago
Thank you, that's exactly where I was stuck. It's not that it's so's just unusually difficult compared to anything before the game. The difficult curve shoots straight up in this fight.

meganick  +   1056d ago
I managed to beat the trial on my first try (before the patch) on normal difficulty, but just barely. It was a challenge, but it wasn't that daunting.
stigmurder  +   1056d ago
The trial of archimedes tests the skills you've built up through the game. It whooped my ass the first 5 or so times, then I figured it out. Block, parry, dodge and use your full arsenal. I may have died like 15 times but I pulled through. I felt like I really earned that gold trophy. Between this and the trophy patch I'm really getting sick of people nit picking this game. Awesome game, challenging at parts, don't take too seriously.
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ZBlacktt  +   1056d ago
No one likes to rage, lol. :D
Williamson  +   1056d ago
My ps3 automatically downloaded the patch due to PS+. I guess I'll delete the game data, so I can try it my self.
Y_5150  +   1056d ago
If I delete the game data, would it delete my saved data? I think it does and even though it automatically updated on my account, I don't want to start over the story. -__-
Williamson  +   1056d ago
Game data is separate from saved data so you should be good.
Derekvinyard13  +   1056d ago
Game0N  +   1056d ago
not patching sorry.
kza  +   1056d ago
This patch sums up EVERYTHING WRONG with gamimg 2day! patching a game because its 2 HARD for noobs. imagine if they patch the trials for gow1 or Wipeout HD WTF there suppose 2 b HARD, FUCK OFF NOOBS!! My HARD EARNED platinum seem cheap now : ( thanks alot noobs!!!!
Bowzabub  +   1056d ago
So glad I broke down and got the platinum for this game last night. Next up Titan mode. Hopefully there are more armors to unlock for it.
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StreetsofRage  +   1056d ago
Wow I was unaware people were having a hard time with this game. I beat the game on hard with little difficulty. Like in most games I play, I usually upgrade everything evenly with weapons just slightly ahead. Upgrading only one item is a terrible idea. Yeah it's the cool thing to have maxed out weapons but that will always lead to failure.

Stop playing like a noob.
Grimhammer00  +   1056d ago
Seems like everyone here with few exceptions had no problems with the trials. Congrats...

For me its not the enemies, or even the combo cheese of electric witches and medusas. Its the cheapness of the devs with breaking the universe they themselves established in earlier GoW's.

-Enemies don't react to anything but your biggest attacks and magic.Yet their weakest attacks take you out of anything you might be building.
-glitchy abilities. I've had my orb attack not go off but the timer starts rebuilding like it did.
I've block-flashed medusas and no gold halo.
-fire from walls has no effect on enemies
-turning me to stone makes next direct attack on me a instant kill, cool. No such laws apply to any other enemies. You might get a kill if you pull 5triangle combo...maybe, its inconsistent.

And the button lag when you really are under many attacks...r2 sometimes nothing happens until you've taken a few more hits.

These are the things that needed to be patched.

Love the series and hack n slash genre.....but devs, please listen if I'm lucky enough to get ones attention...

Create a rules set and universe that's consistent. No instant kill on enemies that are stone when it is instant on me is just cheap lazy devs too bothered to create proper challenges.
I'm even iffy on grabs not being blockable.....since my grabs are easily blocked by any of the trials enemies (save the harpies)

---i playing on hard, full everything but Zeus & hades.
I welcome patch! Lol
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stefan771  +   1056d ago
I'll wait until I try the trial before I download this just to see how hard it is
Xer0_SiN  +   1056d ago
i played this, and this being the first god of war i actually played; this was hard. i shit you not, it took me a good 50 tries to beat this part, but i did...without the patch. to say i was satisified would be the understatement of the decade, but to realize they just patched it this morning when i beat this part last night is the bane to my gaming existence LOL.
Grimhammer00  +   1055d ago
I beat it on first game after patch on hard, I'd swear the golem hammer dude took less hit this time.
lilmetal  +   1055d ago
Damn, my game was auto updated thanks to PS+, so I have no control to see if anything's changed.
Either way, I beat it on a 2nd try with everything maxed out, except Poseidon.
Spamming Hades magic seems to work well.
Shawtymann  +   1055d ago
the best thing to do is to take a break and come back later. I beat it after a few tries on normal. I haven't started my Hard playthrough yet.
DivineAssault  +   1055d ago
im buying this game today
Rockefellow  +   1055d ago
Huh, it looks like they didn't really do much to change it, despite everyone crying about them toning the difficulty down earlier.

All they did was add some limited health and magic replenishment between each stage of the "elevator." That'll help, sure, but if those people who were complaining couldn't handle 4 snake-women and those electric chicks at once, this won't due much to help them.

It's negligible. I expected them to remove some of the enemies.

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